“Nee, ik spreek geen Engels.”

This happens all to often… I come across someone with whom I need to converse and so I politely ask “Pardon mevrouw/meneer, Spreekt u Engels?” //Translates to: “Excuse me, ma’am/mister, Do you speak English?”// to which the answer is usually either “Een beetje”//Translates to: “A little”//, “natuurlijk” //Translates to: “Of course”// or “Nay” //Translates to: “No”//, followed by a persistence to … Continue reading

Visits from Abroad.

So, things are slowly settling into some form of normality…slowly. A couple of weeks ago we got our residence permits from the IND, though we are still missing My husband’s BSN (I think I might need to head back to the Municipality and find out what’s happening). As mentioned in previous posts I’ve not been … Continue reading

The Sounds of War.

///Start of  Transmision/// At around 1000 hrs this morning the war started… Since then the sound of mortars and gun fire has been near constant, as yet it is showing no signs of waning. Who or what they are fighting remains unclear. The media are ignoring the battle that is raging outside as if it isn’t happening… … Continue reading

Research is essential

So over the last week we’ve found out that researching the area that you are going to live in advance of moving there is essential, a few days ago we found out why this is so essential. You see My Husband as I’ve mentioned before is a Chinese Malaysian, meaning that frequently people from other races frequently mistake … Continue reading

Winter holidays in the Netherlands… Zwarte Pieten Stijl?

Since moving here I have come across the strangeness that is known as Zwarte Piete. Now I’m not saying that I disapprove, I assume that they date back far further than any contact with Non-Caucasians was made. But even so, they are very creepy! and perhaps a touch racially insensitive given how multi cultural the world is these days. … Continue reading

Every silver-lining has a cloud.

Yesterday was fantastic, today was not so much. You see yesterday I had my first face to face meeting with my future business partner. It went great! We had some coffee, spoke about our ideas, discussed start dates and set out a plan of action for the business. So as you can imagine I was … Continue reading

Trying to jump through bureaucratic hoops.

So, as with any time that you want to deal with the Government, Yesterday was spent going from desk to desk, phone-line to phone-line and then desk to desk again, in a mad attempt to complete our registration process. However, even though we had been assured that we would be able to register at this address, it turns out that we … Continue reading

An unexpected visit.

So I ‘d never met out landlord before and to be honest never really expected too either. Yet yesterday while I was washing the dishes there was a ring at the door, but since I wasn’t expecting anyone I ignored it thinking that it was just another salesman. But the person was persistent and kept … Continue reading

It’s been 3 weeks

Three weeks since we left the UK, Time sure does fly when you’re in a high stress environment 24/7. Still it’s life, I’ve still got my husband, and still got a roof over my head so that’s good. Strange though, this land of windmills, circle parties and cheese that we live in seems to be … Continue reading

Dealing with Immigration and Bureaucrats.

So a brief update: Today we spent practically all day calling around various offices of the Local Government. It seems that while Amsterdam and Den Haag (The Hague) are well oiled machines in the processing of fresh Expats Rotterdam however is not. In fact they couldn’t be further from it. They recently introduced an appointment … Continue reading

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